TORONTO, August 1, 2020 – A late decision to enter Forester’s Turn in Saturday’s $150,000 Greenwood Stakes Presented by Stella Artois at Woodbine proved to be profitable for Hall of Fame trainer Robert Tiller and owner Rolph Davis.
Supplemented to the six-furlong turf event for Ontario-bred three-year-olds after training well following a recent victory at Woodbine, Forester’s Turn put forth a courageous effort to win the afternoon’s co-feature.
Forester’s Turn and Celebratory waged war on the front-end racing noses apart through a :22.61 first quarter and half-mile in :44.83. They continued to duel into the stretch with the stalkers, Forester’s Fortune, 3-5 favourite Artemus Citylimits and Barilko, fanning out wide.
Digging in down the lane, Forester’s Turn pulled ahead of Celebratory mid-stretch and then held off Forester’s Fortune in the final furlong to prevail by a half-length in 1:07.91.
Artemus Citylimits edged by Celebratory 2-1/2 lengths behind for the show dough while Last American Exit and Barilko completed the order of finish.
Sent postward as the 7-2 second choice, Forester’s Turn paid $9.90 to win and combined with Forester’s Fortune for an Old Forester exacta worth $48.50.
“He’s very game, this horse, and that young fella that rode him, he’s very game too,” said Tiller of rising star Kazushi Kimura, who reined home his second stakes winner of the meet. “And he’s young. It’s a great thing to be young. I wish I was young again, but I’m not.
“This is a nice horse,” added Tiller, who co-owned dam Eff Bee Eye with longtime partner Davis when the mare won the 2014 Nandi Stakes. “At the end of the day, he’s got heart. All is well, everything went well.”
The homebred gelding has now won five of his seven career starts and more than $200,000 in earnings.